The smartphone wielding baby boomer is not an uncommon sight these days. Most of the boomers were in the pinnacle of their careers when cell phones became a mainstay and the evolution of the smartphone was simply a natural progression.
Today, smartphones not only provide social interaction, news updates and text messaging, but may also prove to be a life-saving device. According to prMAC, the recently released It’s Done! iPhone App was designed by Howard “AJ” Lester to help boomers who are beginning to have those “senior moments.” Menial tasks like locking the door or brushing your teeth, along with potential life-altering tasks like taking medications or turning off the stove are now able to be completed with certainty. With the It’s Done! app there is no more questioning as to whether or not you turned off the burner or fed the cat.
The downloadable app is available on multiple platforms including the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod Touch. The customizable app provides reminders throughout the day like an electronic day planner. For example, if medication is scheduled to be administered at 10am, a “Task Awaiting Completion” reminder will pop up a few minutes before 10. Users simply mark their daily chores as done as they go through their day, providing a succinct, time-stamped list of complete tasks.
The It’s Done! app is already gaining a fan base. The app is receiving the highest of ratings on iTunes. One user wrote: "I cannot tell you how long I have been looking for an application just like this one. I have seen it in my mind many times and now it's a reality..." Another wrote: "Very cool. It is great for daily use, especially remembering those small details."
The It’s Done! app can also be used to help those who desire to age in place but have family that is unable to provide 24/7 supervision. The app can provide setting which will email caregivers and loved ones updates. If medication has been checked off, a quick text or email confirming that very detail is sent. This provides peace of mind without being too intrusive. No more worrisome phone calls or drop-ins just to double check.
The downside, the app is only available on Apple products for now. The learning curve for the app is small, but the learning the curve for the device may be great for those who are not tech savvy. These devices are much more complex than a standard cell phone and more costly too. But, with a little practice their use becomes second nature.
"Everyone forgets whether they did something every now and then," Lester said in the press release, "and, for those people, It's Done! is a fun and handy app for confirming stuff is done. But, for baby boomers, short-term memory lapse can be a real problem. This simple app helps them solve that problem while creating peace of mind and improving their quality of life."
Would you consider an app like this for yourself? For your loved one? Would it help with those senior moments or just be another constant reminder of your never ending to-do list.
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